88 Year Old Woman Assaulted Outside Boro Park Home

New York City police are looking for a man suspected of attacking an 88-year-old woman as she sat on the front stoop of her house in Boro Park.

Police say a man in his 20s, dressed in a red sweatshirt, approached the victim at about 3:45 p.m. Saturday.

Police say the woman tried to go into her home when the suspect threw her to the ground, assaulted her, and tried to strangle her with his sweatshirt. He fled.

The woman is stable at Maimonides hospital.

Police are looking for any information leading to the man’s arrest.


SilverAlert: Michael Babitsky, 70 Years of Age, from Brighton 13th St & Oceanview Ave

NYPD has issued a Silver Alert for the disappearance of Michael Babitsky, a 70 year old male with dementia.

He is described as being 5’6″ tall, 135 lbs and bald with blue eyes.


He was last seen in the area of Brighton 13th Street and Oceanview Avenue in Brooklyn on 8/29 wearing a white long sleeved shirt, black sweatpants with white stripes and black sandals.

If you see Mr. Babitsky, call 9-1-1.

NYPD Announces That It’s Actively Looking At Equipping Officers With Body-Worn Cameras

body cameraYesterday, New York City Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton announced that the NYPD is ‘actively looking at’ equipping police officers with body-worn video cameras.

Public Advocate Letitia James has called for the implementation of a pilot program since July 2014, releasing a report demonstrating the economic and operational value of equipping officers with body-worn cameras through a pilot program, and later through citywide use. The report recommended that the pilot encompass 15% of police precincts, focusing on those precincts with the highest rate of crime and complaints of misconduct, at an estimated cost of $5 million. The Public Advocate’s proposal called for citywide implementation of body cameras for all patrol officers after the completion of the pilot program.

This proposal went significantly further than the recommendations put forth by Judge Shira Scheindlin in connection with the stop-and-frisk lawsuit (which would apply to only five precincts citywide).

Executed in other cities in the U.S., the Public Advocate has consistently stated that body-worn cameras would provide further accountability and help save New York City money on lawsuits and settlements related to false arrests and police misconduct.


Labor Day Movie Screening of “Despicable Me 2” in Colonel Marcus Park

Councilmembers David G. Greenfield and Mark Treyger invite the entire community to join them for a free screening of the popular animated film, “Despicable Me 2,” this Monday, September 1st at 7:30 PM in Colonel Marcus Park.  Residents are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to enjoy this great family film, which will be the last installation of Councilman Greenfield’s 2014 Movie in the Park series, sponsored in partnership with Councilman Treyger and the New York City Parks Department.

“Despicable Me 2” is the sequel to “Despicable Me,” released in 2010. A third film will complete the trilogy in 2017. This hugely successful movie is voiced by Steve Carrell, Kristen Wiig, and Miranda Cosgrove, and received two Academy Award nominations for “Best Animated Film” and “Best Song.”

An action-adventure movie, “Despicable Me 2” follows the story of Gru, a former bad guy who is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help defeat a powerful new criminal mastermind. The sequel brings back beloved characters from the first film like the three little girls and mischievous yellow minions.

“It is my pleasure to close this summer’s ‘Movie in the Park’ series with this wonderful animated film. I invite all local residents to stop by Colonel Marcus Park this Sunday to enjoy a free screening right here in the neighborhood. Please bring blankets and chairs, and join me and your neighbors for some family-friendly entertainment on Monday, September 1st. A big thanks to the Parks Department for providing these services to our community throughout the summer months,” said Councilman Greenfield.

“Taking in a Hollywood hit on the big screen with family, friends and neighbors is a great way to close out another memorable summer of movies and fun here in southern Brooklyn. As always, the entire community is invited to join us at Colonel Marcus Park for this free showing of Despicable Me 2 in a great outdoor setting. Thanks again to Council Member Greenfield and the Parks Department for bringing this family-friendly event to our community for residents of all ages to enjoy,” said Councilman Treyger.

“Despicable Me” will be shown in the large asphalt area at Colonel Marcus Park, located along Ave P between East 4th and East 5th Street at 7:30 PM. In the event of inclement weather, the movie will be rescheduled for a later date. For more information, please contact Councilman Greenfield’s office at (718) 853-2704.

62 Year Old Man Dead After Being Hit While Crossing Ave P

Fatal CrashA 62 year old man from Gravesend has died after being hit while crossing Ave P last night.

According to police, Menachem Galapo was crossing in front of a double-parked car outside of 509 Ave P when a white BMW X5 hit him.

Menachem was rushed to Coney Island Hospital in traumatic arrest, where he was later pronounced dead.

The 20 year old driver remained on the scene, and  the investigation is on going.

Weekend Bridge and Street Closures – August 30-September 1

The following streets in Manhattan will be closed from Saturday to Monday from noon to 6 pm for the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit: University Place between Waverly Place and 13th Street; Washington Square East between Waverly Place and West 4th Street; and Washington Place between Washington Square East and Mercer Street.

The following streets will be closed on Saturday:
* Liberty Street between Broadway and Trinity Place in Manhattan will be closed from noon to 6 pm for the First Police Precinct Explorers Block Party.
* St. John’s Place between Kingston and Franklin Avenue and President Street between Franklin Avenue and Washington Avenue in Brooklyn will be closed from 10 am to 4 pm for the West Indian American Day Carnival.

The following streets will be closed on Sunday:
* 6th Avenue between 42nd Street and 56th Street and 46th Street between Madison Avenue and 7th Avenue in Manhattan will be closed from 11 am to 6 pm for the Brazilian American Cultural Street Festival.
* Clove Road between Victory Boulevard and Forest Avenue and Martling Avenue between Clove Road and Slosson Avenue on Staten Island will be closed from 10 am to 1 pm for the Annual Celiac Run.

The times listed for closures for street fairs are for the actual times of the street fairs themselves. The streets may be closed longer to allow for set-up and breakdown. Street fair organizers are generally permitted to begin set-up at 8 am and breakdown must be completed by 7 pm.

Cops Hunt Gang Who Mugged Men in Brooklyn


A gang of at least 10 men beat four people during robberies in Sunset Park.

The victims, all men in their mid-20s to 30s were on Second Avenue and 46th Street Sunday at about 4:20 a.m. when the crew approached them, cops said.

The suspects kicked and beat the victims before leaving them bloodied on the street. The thugs then robbed the men of their iPhones, cash and other personal items, cops said.

The crooks fled in a Nissan Maxima going northbound on Second Avenue, cops said.


Treyger & Colton to Require MTA to Notify Public of Bedbug Outbreaks on Trains and Buses

ntrainCouncil Member Mark Treyger and Assembly Member Bill Colton are calling on the MTA to provide public notification within 24 hours of cases of confirmed bedbug sightings on any trains, buses or in stations. The proposal comes after a number of incidents involving bedbugs on several trains along the N line, in addition to trains on the Q and 6 lines. On Monday, an N train was taken out of service at DeKalb Avenue and a conductor received medical attention as a result of bedbugs. Currently, the MTA does not have a formal policy for informing the public about these incidents.

In response, Treyger and Colton are proposing state legislation, supported by a City Council resolution, requiring the MTA to take the same steps to inform its customers as it does for other emergencies or service delays, including social media outreach. In addition, the MTA would have to detail the steps it is taking to remedy these situations and protect the public’s health while using public transportation. This proposal has support from the Transport Workers Union (TWU), whose members have been impacted by the outbreaks. Council Member Treyger and Assembly Member Colton were joined at today’s press conference in front of the N train station on Kings Highway by District Leader-elect Nancy Tong and a number of residents who regularly use this line and are concerned about the lack of information from the MTA about the recent outbreaks. Council Member Treyger and Colton now plan to move forward with this legislation, putting a formal procedure in place to respond to outbreaks and notify the public.

“This is an important issue that the MTA has to take much more seriously on behalf of the millions of New Yorkers that ride its buses and trains, as well as its employees. The MTA has an obligation to inform the public of any bedbug sightings or outbreaks due to the health implications that are involved. However, the MTA must also consider the economic consequences of bedbug infestations in a home, especially for working New Yorkers who cannot afford to spend thousands of dollars in fumigation or cleaning bills. The MTA can easily inform the public in much the same manner it does for service delays, and we deserve to know exactly what steps it is taking to respond to bedbug infestations,” said Council Member Treyger.

”The public has a right to know if there is a confirmed detection of bedbugs on trains or buses. The families of riders and transit workers must be given the opportunity to take protective measures to minimize the chance of bedbug infestation being transported to their homes and places of work,” said Assembly Member Colton.

“Families are rightfully worried about the disruption and large economic costs that bedbugs can cause, if carried into their homes. Families have a right to be informed as to how to protect themselves from this risk,” said District Leader-elect Tong.

Alternate Side and Meter Rules Suspended Monday, September 1

Alternate side parking (street cleaning) regulations and parking meter regulations are suspended on Monday, September 1, for Labor Day.

Crown Heights Man Convicted of Sexually Abusing 12 Year Old Girl

A Brooklyn man is facing up to 14 years in prison for sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl.

Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson says Roodly Loiseau of Crown Heights will be sentenced on Sept. 12.

He was convicted this week on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

The crimes occurred between February and April in 2013.
After the conviction, the judge raised the defendant’s bail from $10,000 to $100,000.


Brooklyn Public Library Engages Record Number of Summer Reading Program Participants In 2014

bplMore than 126,000 children and teens participated in the Library’s Summer Reading Program this year, breaking the record for annual participation in the program’s ten-year history, Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) announced today. In partnership with the New York City Department of Education, Brooklyn Public Library’s Summer Reading Program aims to prevent “summer slide” by encouraging Brooklyn’s young readers to visit one of the library’s 60 branches throughout the borough.

It is estimated that summer breaks will cause the average student to lose up to one month of instruction per year, with disadvantaged students being disproportionately affected. The Summer Reading Program aims to keep children and teens active and engaged by offering book lists, activities, gameboards for kids, and reading challenge cards for teens and adults. Every year, BPL also offers a Summer Reading Program for adults, which includes a lecture series, book discussions and an adult Summer Reading book list.

“Whether they were enjoying the quiet of their neighborhood branch or taking in the sunshine in Prospect Park or Coney Island, a record number of Brooklyn’s young readers spent their summers with a good book,” said Linda E. Johnson, President & CEO of Brooklyn Public Library. “When children read over the summer, they are more likely to start school prepared and become lifelong readers. This was a great year for summer reading, and we know that 2015 will be better yet.”

To promote the Summer Reading Program, library staff visited schools, community centers, daycare centers, street fairs, and houses of worshipto engage with parents and students on the importance of summer reading.

This year’s theme, “Fizz, Boom, Read,” encouraged students to interact with the principles of STEM – science, technology, engineering and math. The library offered a summer science club, games, videos and educational challenges to inspire kids from pre-K through high school to explore the sciences. This year’s Robot Engineers Game, which invited kids to research, design, and build a model of their ideal robot friend, led to some very innovative creations. Everyone who finished a summer reading game board or challenge was entered into a drawing for iPads, Beats headphones, Buddyphones and Sparki robots.

Silverware Burglar Makes Off with $200K of Dinnerware in Borough Park

A silverware burglar has hit at least eight Borough Park homes since June and made off with $230,000 worth of fine dinnerware, police said.

The suspect targeted homes between 40th and 50th streets and last struck at about 3 p.m. on Aug. 11, cops said.

In each case, he climbed through a rear window, grabbed silverware and fled, according to police.

The crook was seen on video surveillance during an Aug. 7 burglary


Teacher At Brooklyn Tech Indicted For Sending Indecent Picture To 16 Year Old Student

bk techProsecutors say a New York City high school teacher used Snapchat to send a photo of his genitals to a 16-year-old student.

Brooklyn Tech teacher Sean Shaynak pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges including dissemination of indecent material to a minor and harassment.

Prosecutors say the 44-year-old math and physics teacher was Facebook friends with the student. Her name was not released.

According to the investigation, Shaynak used Snapchat to send a photo of his genitals to the student on June 27.

Prosecutors say the student photographed the image with her phone.

Shaykak faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

His lawyer, Howard Kirsch, had no comment.

Brooklyn Tech is one of the city’s most selective public schools.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s son, Dante, is a student there.

Another N Train Pulled Out Of Service To Be Fumigated For Bedbugs

ntrainAnother New York City subway train has been pulled out of service to be fumigated for bedbugs.

NBC New York reports  that the N train was taken out of service Monday after a conductor reported being bitten by bedbugs in Brooklyn.

The conductor was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Bedbug sightings have been reported on at least five subway trains this month.
MTA spokesman Adam Lisberg says the agency has responded aggressively to every report of bedbugs.


24 Year Old Man Arrested After Climbing Brooklyn Bridge to Take Pictures With Smart Phone

A 24-year-old man was arrested after police say he climbed to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge and took pictures with his smartphone. It was the second security breach at the span in less than a month.

Police say they spotted Yaroslav Kolchin ascending a cable beam from the Brooklyn side of the bridge at about 12:15 p.m. Sunday. They say the Manhattan resident reached the top of the tower and was seen taking photos as aviation and harbor units responded.

Kolchin then descended the same way. He was met by officers who arrested him on reckless endangerment, criminal trespass and other charges. It wasn’t clear if he had a lawyer.

A July 22 stunt in which two American flags were swiped from the bridge and replaced with white ones has raised questions about security on one of New York’s most visible landmarks.